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Enzo Ferrari Is The Focus Of Montblanc’s Latest Great Characters Pen Collection

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Montblanc’s Great Characters Edition pen collection tells the story of cultural icons who have made their mark on history. Elvis Aaron Presley was last year’s choice, while earlier people of note have included Walt Disney, The Beatles, James Dean, Miles Davis, John F. Kennedy and Albert Einstein. As you may have noticed from this partial list, Montblanc goes straight to the top when choosing honorees for this collection, which debuted in 2009.

This year, Montblanc pays tribute to Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988), a multi-faceted man whose name is synonymous with the eponymous Italian automobile company. He was also an esteemed racing driver, entrepreneur and the founder of the Scuderia Ferrari, the racing division of the luxury car company. Ferrari racing cars are more decorated than any other marque, having participated in every Formula One World Championship since the first season in 1950.

This new special edition pen collection comprises three variations designed to tell the story of this legendary man whose legacy lives on.

Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Special Edition

The color of the resin cap and barrel of each pen—fountain, rollerball and ballpoint—is inspired, of course, by the particular Ferrari color “Rosso 70 Anni.” And the cone is engraved with two dates: one commemorating the birth of Enzo Ferrari and the other his first victory on a racetrack in 1923.

The Montblanc emblem that crowns the pen is in yellow resin, representing the city of Modena, Ferrari’s birthplace. It is embedded in a metal grid that recalls a vintage car grill. The ring on the cap is engraved “OFFICINA MECCANICA ALFREDO FERRARI,” a reference to Ferrari’s father Alfredo´s workshop. And another engraving is on the clip, in Ferrari’s own words: “You cannot describe passion, you can only live it.”

Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Limited Edition 1898

The Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Limited Edition 1898 includes 1,898 pens (fountain and rollerball) in honor of Ferrari’s birth year. The cap and barrel are made from metal evoking the original Ferrari 125 S engine, and the two dates engraved on the cone reference the production date of his first car at Ferrari’s Maranello factory and the date of the first racing victory for a Ferrari branded car. The ring on the cap top is embossed with the address of the Ferrari factory in Maranello, where Ferrari’s vision became reality.

The Montblanc emblem is in frosted quartz, designed to resemble the frozen windows on which Ferrari practiced his signature as a young boy while he dreamed of being a race car driver one day. The rhodium-coated 18-karat gold nib is embellished with a Ferrari 250 GTO wheel and with the word “Commendatore,” one of Ferrari’s nicknames.

Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Limited Edition 98

The cap and barrel of the Great Characters Enzo Ferrari Limited Edition 98 fountain pen are lacquered in “Rosso Corsa,” the official racing color of Ferrari. The pen’s cap is decorated with the number 29 in reference to year the Scuderia Ferrari was founded (1929), as well the engraving: “Sono uno che ha sognato di essere Enzo Ferrari” (‘I am one who dreamt to be Enzo Ferrari’). A yellow gold emblem adorns a special mechanism that offers a glimpse inside the barrel, where the Prancing Horse is revealed when turning the cone to fill the fountain pen with ink.

The dates engraved on the cone, 14/07/1951 and 11/09/1988, refer to two of the most important Formula One victories for Ferrari. A slider in matte white gold on the barrel shows the dates of five historical Ferrari victories. The base of the clip is lacquered in Rosso Corsa and around it are six lines on each side, representing a Ferrari V12 engine. Four “air vents” on each side of the cap are inspired by those on the side of the bodywork of the 1952 Ferrari 500 F2. The barrel recalls that same engine, with a ruthenium-coated 18-karat gold allusion.

The fountain pen’s 18-karat gold nib is engraved with the word “Drake,” another nickname for Ferrari, and the steering wheel of the 250 GTO. This edition is crowned by the Montblanc emblem in mountain crystal with Enzo Ferrari’s signature in the center, surrounded by intricate metalwork reminiscent of a vintage car grill.